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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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How does melanoma impact an individual's overall health status?

How does melanoma impact an individual's overall health status?

Variable...: If caught early, melanomas are very curable and will have little long-term impact other than the need for routine cancer surveillance. If they spread, they can be life-threatening. If you have any lesions which you are concerned about, notify your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible for evaluation and biopsy if indicated. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What factor will age play in concussion risk?

What factor will age play in concussion risk?

Kids are more prone : Younger children (under 10) are more susceptible to concussion and may take longer to recover. If a concussion is suspected in a child an evaluation by a doctor should be performed asap and they should be taken out of any sport or strenuous activity for the remainder of that day. There should be no return until completely symptom free and cleared by a doctor. ...Read more

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Osteosarcoma mets both lungs, any statistics on survival rates?

Osteosarcoma mets both lungs, any statistics on survival rates?

Specialist help: The are many studies but each case is variable. You are not a statistic. Osteosarcoma pulmonary metastasis: prognostic factors of 88 ... www.asco.org/ascov2/meetings/abstracts?&vmview=abst... May god bless you. ...Read more

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How high is survival rate for malignant melanoma?

How high is survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Varies: It depends on depth of melanoma at time of excision and whether any lymph nodes are involved. Early melanomas less than .75 millimeters have close to a 100 per cent survival. Dpeer melanomas greater than 1 mom, then greater 2 mm, and 3 mm. Have lower per cent age of 5 year cure rate. There are 2 new drugs for advanced melanomas. Early treatment is essential. ...Read more

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Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

Yes.: In certain brain tumors, genetic mutations have been discovered. Some of these are 'passed down' from parent to child. Others are new and spontaneous. There are many different types of brain tumors, both benign and malignant. Each has its own unique genetic risk. ...Read more

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Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

No: If it was removed completely, it will not return. This is why it's good to take margins. If it does recur at the site, it will probably still be a benign lesion, but keep an eye on it. The most important thing about a diagnosis of atypical nevus is that it warns you're likely to get a melanoma someplace else. Keep an eye on all your skin (partner, dermatologist) and quick removal will save you! ...Read more

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What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on depth: The prognosis for melanoma depends greatly on the stage at diagnosis. In the absence of spread to lymph nodes or other sites, the depth of the melanoma is the most important factor which predicts outcome. The deeper the tumor invades the more risk of it spreading/recurring. I caught early, melanoma is very curable. Discuss the case in question with your dermatologist or oncologist. ...Read more

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Will indoor tanning cause any health problems other than skin cancer, like ovarian cancer?

Will indoor tanning cause any health problems other than skin cancer, like ovarian cancer?

Aging and death: Indoor tanning is paying someone to cause you skin cancer and make you age faster! skin cancer is not to be taken lightly--it is the number one cause of death in young people under the age of 30. Also, once the damage is done you can't undo it. Your skin has memory and will remember every sunburn or uv tanning assault. The damage starts young and accumulates over time. ...Read more

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What constitutes stage 4 melanoma on a superficial mole that has gone malignant?

What constitutes stage 4 melanoma on a superficial mole that has gone malignant?

Metastasis: Stage IV (4) melanoma is the highest stage that a melanoma can reach. It is diagnosed by finding distant spread or metastasis to other parts of the body. Stage is different from clark's levels and breslow levels, although these can impact lower stages. (ajcc cancer staging manual, 7th ed., 2010). ...Read more

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How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

Decrease UV exposure: Uv exposure from the sun causes melanoma. Sun protection clothing will reduce your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers by decreasing your exposure to the harmful uv radiation. ...Read more

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Does nodular melanoma ever increase in diameter?

Does nodular melanoma ever increase in diameter?

Yes, but...: In melanoma, the depth of invasion is more important than its horizontal growth, as deeper melanomas are more likely to spread and metastasize. ...Read more

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Does fiber play a protective role in colon cancer?

Does fiber play a protective role in colon cancer?

Yes: Arabinogalactan is a soluble fiber which regenerates mucosal lining and prevents colon cancer. ...Read more

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Melanoma and lupus related?

Melanoma and lupus related?

Autoimmune,malignanc: Malignant melanoma is a malignant skin cancer that can metastasize. It is seen in pigmented skin lesions. Lupus is an abnormal body response that forms antibodies that can harm vital organs and skin. ...Read more

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Might malignant melanomas cause weight loss in cancer patients?

If large can consume: Melanomas, like any cancer, will consume calories at the expense of healthy tissue in addition to suppressing appetite. ...Read more

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How would angiogenesis influence tumor growth and metastasis?

How would angiogenesis influence tumor growth and metastasis?

Fundamental!: All living things need a blood supply to deliver food, water, and get rid of waste. A circulating cancer cell needs to evade detection, get out of the blood vessel, and establish that blood supply: angiogenesis!. All these actors under molecular control, and likely normal during in utero development. Cut off the blood supply, choke the tumor. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more